Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2015
The Senate bill to criminalize interfering with traffic on the highway while protesting was introduced by Senator Leo Raptakis on Jan 22 and co-sponsored by, among others, Senator Paul Jabour. Coincidentally, Senator Jabour is the brother of Christine Jabour, the judge assigned to oversee the cases of five of the seven people arrested during the November 25 #blacklivesmatter protest here in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Leonides Raptakis, Paul Jabour, Protest, RI Senate, Steven Roberts, Tess Lavoie-Brown | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2015
The RI ACLU is asking the Providence Police Department to stop videotaping protests until it develops public policies and procedures for this increasingly controversial police tactic. “That this kind of surveillance is conducted is troubling,” said a letter from the ACLU to Providence Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Pare.” That it has been conducted repeatedly, without […]
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2015
Supporters of civil liberties and marginalized people are criticizing Coventry Sen. Lou Raptakis’ bill that would make it a felony, punishable by at least a year in jail, to block a highway. Raptakis, a conservative who owns a pizza place in Coventry, submitted the controversial bill yesterday. It is a direct response, he has said, […]
By Shannah Kurland on January 23, 2015
The movie Selma with its vivid celebration of human courage and dignity, creates poignant and powerful imagery affirming the reason we conmemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How gut-wrenching it was then, to see Dr. King’s holiday marred with a press release by Rhode Island Senator Leonidas Raptakis announcing proposed legislation to charge peaceful protestors, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
Having protesters arrive outside your home at 6am to accuse you of theft with a bullhorn is embarrassing and may be even a little frightening for your family. The very possibility that this might happen should serve as a deterrent to any business owner in Providence who might be considering cheating employees out of the money owed to them.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Economic Policy institute, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, wage theft | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
The upshot of this legal maze of Federal and State law is that guns too often remain in the hands of domestic abusers, and the statistics on the intersection of guns and domestic abuse are stark.
By Steven Brown on January 20, 2015
A number of community and advocacy organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, are calling on the Council of Elementary and Secondary Education to promptly overturn guidance issued by Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist that advises school districts they can use the PARCC exam as a high-stakes test graduation requirement as early as 2017, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
As they have for the past six years, about four dozen clergy representing a wide variety of faith traditions gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday, put on their vestments and robes, and marched to the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil. The purpose of the vigil is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged Catholic Charities, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, interfaith coalition, Jewish Council of Public Affairs, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, National Council of Churches, Nicholas Mattiello, W. Nicholas Knisely | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Saying that she didn’t agree with the state prosecutor’s request for a sentence of six months probation for a first time offense, Judge Christine Jabour issued Molly Kitiyakara a filing and sentenced her to 50 hours of community service.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Molly Kitiyakara, PVD7, Servio Gomez, Shannah Kurland, Steven Roberts, Tess Brown-Lavoie | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2015
As Jorge Elorza stepped up to the podium Monday to address a crowd for the first time as Mayor of Providence, almost a dozen signs were held in the air in an effort to remind him of commitments made during his campaign to enact “The People’s Agenda.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, Community Solutions to Violence, DARE, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, mt. hope neighborhood association, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, PrYSM, Public Money for Public Good, The People's Agenda, The People's Forum | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2014
“Our deliverance starts with us. In my opinion we must refine ourselves first, in order that we may prepare for a society without chaos, one that is not reactionary but stationary.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism | Tagged black lives matter, CBattle, community policing, ferguson, Ferguson protests, Providence Police, PVD7, state police | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Hanukkah menorah, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Judaism, Lincoln Chafee, War on Christmas, War on Secularism | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
With affected dispassion the board revealed that they do not have the power to tell National Grid “no,” confirming the crowd’s suspicions that the board is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever rates National Grid seeks to impose.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Holidays, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, puc | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 22, 2014
“We have to see the way in which we get punished for speaking out and fighting back. So a modern day example would be how he (Steve Roberts) got punished and tried to be ‘put in his place’ and essentially a call to all the white supremacists to go find him was publishing his address in the Providence Journal. That seems very much like the fugitive slave act…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Errol Lomba, Jonathan Lewis, maria cimini, Mary Kay Harris, Monay McNeil, OneVoice RI, PARC, Positive Peace Warrior Network, PrYSM, Shannah Kurland, Southside Cultural Center, Steve Roberts | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2014
Last night’s “New Beginnings Community Outreach Forum: A Follow-Up to the Ferguson Decision” at the South Providence Recreation Center was an attempt by the RI State Police and the Providence Police Department to reach out and establish a dialog with community groups in the wake of protests held here in response to racial profiling and […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged black lives matter, community policing, Ferguson protests, Providence Police, state police | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2014
…after a certain point, consuming articles and opinions in solitude can lead to a really dark place of anger and frustration. I went to the protest in order to physically be with people, and to be loud in the street demanding an end to the racism that undergirds the logic of policing.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, People, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, Ferguson Protest, race, Tess Brown-Lavoie | 3 Responses
By Steven Brown on December 9, 2014
The recent protests in Providence and around the country should remind us all of the importance of our free speech rights and the power a community can have when it makes its collective voice heard. Taking to a public square to express one’s political opinion is a longstanding tradition in American society and is a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2014
Shanna Kurland, the lawyer for five of the six people arrested November 25th for allegedly trespassing on the highway during a Ferguson protest here in Providence, asked for time to interview, “hundreds of witnesses” and view “countless hours of video” at the pretrial meeting held in district court before Judge Christine Jabour this morning. Molly […]